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31 Days // When the Lights Go Out


Starting the day with a clear mind and heart- free from the clutter from yesterday.
So sweet.

My last evening task, before soaking in the sweet faces of my little dreamers,
is to make sure my home is in order.
Nothing starts my day off worse than waking to a sink full of dishes, pillows on the floor surrounding the sofa, and clothes baskets full of wrinkled laundry.

There have been evenings that I didn't practice this principle, and instead of smiling at the little faces greeting me in the early morning, I was grumbling and shooing them away so I could tidy what was left from the last day's mess.

My rest is so much sweeter when I know I get to start the next day fresh and clean.
Not only does my heart need a new beginning, but my home needs a new beginning as well.
I love seeing toys around and knowing that I have six sets of hands that enjoy them,
but when I wake in the morning and prepare myself for the day ahead,
I need a clean slate- completely.

8 comments:

  1. There is nothing truer than this. I decided this school year to put the kids in bed a Half an hour earlier so I have a little more time to put things back in order. Makes a world of difference!

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    1. It does! We put our kids to bed no later than 8, so I take a quick fifteen minutes to tidy and then I relax. It clears my mind of the clutter. Otherwise, I go to bed worrying about the mess.

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  2. I also make a tradition of these. We eat late because my husband gets home from work late, and often I don't feel like washing dishes as 9 pm...but I know I'll wake up much brighter and happier knowing that I have an empty sink to start my day with! Little habits like this can make a difference!

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    1. It does make a difference, doesn't it? When I don't go to bed with a tidy house it changes my whole mood in the morning.

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  3. I do and need the exact same thing. I've got an extra-large printed canvas bag that I keep in the living room and at the end of the day the toys pile in there and I take about fifteen minutes after my little guy has gone to bed to straighten up, clean up the kitchen, and put away personal things. It really does get my mood off on a good foot in the morning!

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    1. Yes! We just dump toys in a big basket. I used to make everything go in a certain place, but with three kids, I am satisfied simply by having them put away. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. Yes ma'am nothing like going to sleep peacefully knowing there isn't laundry in the dryer and dirty dishes in the sink. #freshstart Cute blog lady!

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    1. absolutely! nothing better. thanks for the sweet comment. :)

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